What to do with an injured bird
No matter the species, do not take your eyes off the bird or leave the scene. The bird’s chances of being rescued decrease if left on their own. If you can, call a rescue centre for advice/assistance, or rescue the injured bird and get it to a rehabilitation facility as soon as possible. The sooner treatment can begin, the better the chance of recovery and release.
If the bird is not an eagle, and you feel comfortable doing so, get a towel, blanket or heavy jacket and carefully cover the bird (for raptors/large birds) and then place the bird in a dark box or dog kennel, on a towel, and keep them dark, quiet and warm until you can get them to a rescue centre. With the exception of rescuing them, please do not pet or handle any injured bird. These situations cause birds to be very stressed. Even if they appear relaxed or unphased, they are actually experiencing high levels of stress in addition to their injury.
When catching raptors be wary of their feet! While raptors have sharp beaks and can bite, their feet are remarkably powerful and can cause significant damage.
If you find an injured eagle, do not attempt to handle it yourself. Stay in view of the eagle and call a rescue facility to assist you.